Prayer for a Blessing
Bestow, dear Lord, upon our youth,
The gift of saving grace;
And let the seed of sacred truth
Fall in a fruitful place.
Grace is a plant, whereer it grows,
Of pure and heavenly root;
But fairest in the youngest shows,
And yields the sweetest fruit.
Ye careless ones, O hear betimes
The voice of sovereign love!
Your youth is staind with many crimes,
But mercy reigns above.
True, you are young, but theres a stone
Within the youngest breast;
Or half the crimes which you have done
Would rob you of your rest.
For you the public prayer is made:
Oh! join the public prayer!
For you the secret tear is shed:
Oh shed yourselves a tear!
We pray that you may early prove
The Spirits power to teach;
You cannot be too young to love
That Jesus whom we preach.